Electric fences are a must-have if you have livestock in your property. But what do you do when there is no power supply in your area, or if you just want to go eco-friendly? Recommended solar electric fencing is a viable and cost-effective option for you and a good alternative for electric fencing.
Like most of us, Bell Rule’s Dean Schneider resulted to solar fencing for his cattle ranch because of lack of electricity. In this article, we will be discussing the systems he uses to install the solar fencing, including how they function to power the fences.
Within the space of one year, we had put in place two durable solar fences. The first was assembled with a battery, a Direct Current 6 joule charger, a solar panel of 100 watts, and a charge controller.
The second comprises a charge controller, a solar panel of 100 watts, a battery, a direct to an alternating current inverter, a charge controller, and a charger of 110 volts and 8 joules.
The First System
We bought a fencer powered by 6 joules of direct current because we thought it would be easier than using an alternating current inverter. The Solar panel was set up beside a hay barn facing the east and west direction.
One of our challenges is that every once in a while, the controller acts up, causing the power supply to the charger to be interrupted. This is probably because of a decrease in the battery charge and output voltage.
This caused the charge controller to cut-off the power supply in a bid to safeguard the Solar Fence Charger. We believe that that the simple solution would be to connect the charger to the battery directly, rather than connecting it to the charge controller.
The Second System
The second system was installed roughly five months ago. Currently, it runs just a little over one mile of a single-stranded fence. We intend to increase the capacity to about 4 miles in the future. After discussing with the solar supply salesman, we concluded on using an inverter along with an alternating current 110 volts’ charger.
The solar panel was set up on a scaffold in the center of the field to keep it safe from thieves. We used a satellite dish to allow for rotations to maximize sunlight. We don’t have a shading problem since the panel is in an open area. This set-up consistently supplies about 8000 to 9000 volts and works perfectly.
In conclusion, we are happy and content with the performance of our permanent solar electric fences. I wish the same could be said of our portable units.
My two cents is for you to take some time to draw out the sunlight hours of your desired installation location. This helps to prevent issues with shading or lack of sufficient direct sunlight. We definitely recommend solar fencing systems. Not only are they cost-effective, but that are also stress-free and beneficial for rotational grazing.